The Nigerian government has said that it has begun working out strategies that will see it create about 20 million new jobs within four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Next Level administration.
The Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, who revealed this at Abuja stakeholders’ meeting on job creation, explained that the jobs will be in different sectors of the economy.
The minister was represented at the event by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr. Sunday Akpan.
According to the minister, the vast level of unemployment in the country has made it imperative for a realistic approach to creating jobs for the people.
To this end, he said the ministry had directed the Industrial Training Fund to come up with innovative solutions to create 20 million jobs in four sectors of the economy within the next four years.
Noting that the sectors under consideration are agriculture, transportation, services and construction, the minister say the focus on the sectors was due to the conviction that they held the key to the diversification efforts of the Federal Government.
“In order to sustain and build on the successes recorded in this regard in the first tenure of Mr. President, we are articulating and strategizing with a renewed impetus towards combating the twin evils of unemployment and insecurity.
“It is on this basis that the ministry charged the Industrial Training Fund to come up with revolutionary multi-faceted job and wealth creation strategies that would lead to a lasting solution to this hydra-headed problem.
“From the report, I have received, the ITF has been able to propose pragmatic strategies that within the tenure of the next level, will generate about 20 million jobs from four key sectors of the Nigerian economy.
“These key sectors are the Agriculture, Construction, Transport and the Services sectors,” the minister said.
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